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Mr. Paul Murray Rankin Obituary


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“I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you now, as well as in the days to come. Love~ Jane ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Jane Craft Long - Clinton, MS

“My condolences to all of the family, I grew up with Paul at Hopewell Baptist Church. He was a fine Christian example through all of his years here on...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Clara Gregory - Clinton, MS

“Our thoughts and Prayers are with all the family. Paul was a wonderful person. He was an inspiration to all of the late John Campbell family. ...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Cora Lynn Campbell - Vicksburg, MS

“God has called another angel for his army. Mr. Paul was such a wonderful person and was blessed to have a wonderful family. I met him through Ms....Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Terry Brown - Cleveland, MS

“Your family is in our prayers. From Aimee's sister Renee McGill and family ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Renee McGill and Family - MS

“Jimmie, We want to express our sympathy to you. We will remember you in our prayers and may the Lord comfort you. Love, Norma Jean & H. B. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: H. B. & Norma Jean Medders - MS

“Jimmie, I want to express my sympathy in Paul's passing. Love, Virginia ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Virginia Womack Perry - Grenada, MS

“Paul was a great man who served his family, church, country, and had a great career with the Mississippi State Department of Health. He was a...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Virgil F. Belue - Clinton, MS

“To the Rankin family - I worked with and was a friend of Mr. Rankin. He was a wonderful, kind friend a real Southern gentleman. My prayers are with...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Barrett - Brandon, MS

“Hello Jimmie, Please know that our prayers are with you and your family today. The same God that took care of you when you lived in Boyle, Ms...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Eddie and Martha Causey - MS

“Dearest Jimmie, Wish we could be with you today....I'm praying God will hold you close during the services today and be with you during the days...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Jane Ervin & Family - MS

“Jimmie, My prayers are with you and I wish I could be there for you today. Just know that I am praying for you and your family. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Thelma Mullins - Boyle, MS

“You are in prayers. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Sarah Lancaster - Clinton, MS

“I have many memories of of the two of you over the past few years. Observing the love that you and Paul demonstrated for each other day after day...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Prather - Clinton, MS

“we remember the good times with Paul and Katherine - keep his memories alive and he will always be with you - he was such a fine person. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Joe and Pat Rutledge - Fulton, MS

“So sorry to hear of Paul's passsing. He was a wonderful Christian man and always a dear friend to us.Our sympathy goes out to you Jimmie, his...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Bill & Nell Easom - Clinton, MS

“I worked under Paul's supervision many years ago. I held him in high regard. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Roger Alford - Bolton, MS


Mr. Paul Murray Rankin, 85 – born in Dorsey, MS on Feb. 13, 1926 to Harry Tracey and Ada Lee Moore Rankin, exchanged this life for eternity on Jan. 19, 2012.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon returning from serving his country, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Union University (Jackson, TN) and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University. Upon finishing college, he was employed with the Mississippi State Board of Health. During his career he served in numerous capacities and served as the personal representative of the executive officer of the MS State Board of Health, Dr. Felix J. Underwood. He frequently represented Dr. Underwood and the State Board of Health in numerous meetings with local, state and national officials. He retired from the MS State Board of Health in 1993 after a long and distinguished career. He was honored in 2005 with the establishment of the "Paul M. Rankin Environmental Health Award" by the Mississippi State Board of Health.

Mr. Rankin was also a member of First Baptist Church of Clinton, where he served for 40 years as the usher at the back left door. He also taught various Sunday School Classes, assisted with the Royal Ambassador program, cooked on the grill for church picnics and was also available to volunteer in any way needed. He was selected as a Deacon in 1965 and named a Lifetime Deacon in 2005.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine Mitchell Rankin, his parents, and one sister Inez Rankin Turner.

Mr. Rankin is survived by his beloved wife, Jimmie, son Allan E. Rankin, daughter Nelda R. Bridgers, 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; 3 step-sons, Gerald Denley, Ronald Denley and David Denley and 3 step-grandchildren.

Paul was a man devoted to his wife, his work, his country and his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.